Not too long ago, a study explained to us that we need to sleep in order to help facilitate the waste out of our brain. When I read the study, it seemed like flushing the toilet of junk-collected in our cebrospinal fluid. There’s great news for people who like to drink! Alcohol seems to do a little bit of the same thing sleep can do for clearing the brain of waste.
In no way is this a PSA to blackout and reap the rewards of sleep. It’s interesting how the sleep study explains that beta-amyloid is removed from the brain during sleep. Does alcohol make this happen, too? According to this study, it’s seen in people who partake in a low-intake of alcohol.
The magic number is 2.5 drinks. The magic of which the study speaks is a reduction in inflammation. Of course, part of this anti-inflammation is coupled with the removal of toxins from the brain – like sleep can do for our big, beautiful brains.
Here comes the threshold warning: high alcohol intake impairs the lymphatic function, this negates the refreshing effects of low alcohol intake. So be mindful of your consumption, folks.
The Mayo Clinic found moderate alcohol consumption to be linked to a decrease in the risk of diabetes and enhance cognitive function. Of course, if you consume so much alcohol that you’re nonsensical and unable to move your body, that’s the antithesis of looking smart and optimizing insulin sensitivity. Don’t be that guy.
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